China Daily (Hong Kong)
What they say
Editor's Note: The Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee invited representatives of Party members from the court system to meet journalists and answer questions on the issues of staying on the front line of adjudication and enforcement to deliver justice for the people on Thursday.
I’ve traveled all over the grasslands of our autonomous county and heard more than 3,000 cases in the past 30 years. Herdsmen there often call me “judge on a horse”. I was impressed by some of the disputes I solved. For example, I mediated between a couple who fought for custody of their child during heavy snow. Although my ears and toes got frostbitten at that time, I was happy, as my efforts helped end their conflict. I also successfully solved a case in which two people argued with each other and both claimed ownership of the same camel. After I figured out the age of the animal by counting its teeth, I knew who the owner was.
Mahsat Zaiep, president of the people’s court in Barkol Kazak autonomous county, Hami, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region
I’ve witnessed our country’s progress on rule of law in the past decade. I had to go to every bank and contact every government department to seek out the properties of litigants when urging them to comply with verdicts at first. But now an online platform that can be used to look up various properties of litigants has been established, which is not only a good way for us to save a great deal of time and improve judicial efficiency, but also the best way to help those who win lawsuits feel justice.
Zhao Xin, head of the enforcement bureau’s second team at Beijing Daxing District People’s Court
As a judge in the internet era, I think it’s a must to learn how to use advanced technologies to improve casehandling abilities, promote the quality of the judiciary and solve litigants’ difficulties. For example, I’ve opened an online work office, where residents can understand legal proceedings and have disputes mediated. The move saves time and travel costs for litigants, who previously had to go to our court several times, and has also ended some cases at the very beginning, so it’s popular among the public.
Chen Liaomin, chief judge of the first case-filing division at the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court, Zhejiang province
My father is a criminal judge. His aspiration of upholding justice deeply influenced me when I was young and encouraged me to also be a judge. I’ve heard more than 2,000 drug-related cases in the past 18 years. During that period, I’ve put the prevention of wrongful convictions as a top priority and attached importance to fully protecting defendants’ litigation rights, especially their dignity. Also, I provided more care for victims and their family members in a timely manner. That’s my understanding and way to implement our goal of ensuring every litigant in each case can feel justice.
Huang Haiqin, president of the people’s court in Lufeng, Guangdong province